Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sharif said every citizen has equal rights. “I am the Prime Minister of every person living in Pakistan.”
“I would always complain to my Hindu friends that ‘Why don’t you invite me to your functions?. I would tell them they should invite me to Diwali functions,” he said.
The prime minister said that today he was making a speech but that next time he would like to be invited to the place where Diwali is celebrated. There was much applause from the audience when he said this.
In an apparent faux pas, he also mixed up Diwali and Holi when he told the audience that he also wanted to play with colours. He said to the audience: “You all are citizens of Pakistan and no matter who you are or what you may be, Hindu, Parsi, Christian, Muslim or Sikh, I am your prime minister.”
He said it was his duty as prime minister to help anyone who was in distress and in need, regardless of his sect or faith. “If a Muslim person commits a crime or act of injustice against a Hindu then I will take action against the Muslim individual. I will always take action against the oppressor and will stand with the oppressed. This has been taught to me by my faith, my parents and my elders. All religions in fact teach this, not just Islam,” he said.
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The prime minister also announced building Gurdwara in Nankana Sahib and construction of Bhagat Kanwar Medical Complex in Hyderabad.